---- Editorial ----
The incident of three youths from neighbouring Assam forcibly trying to enter Roing
town from Shantipur check gate without obtaining ILP should raise alarm bell ringing
in corridor of power in Itanagar. This is the first such reported incident wherein
the outsiders have refused to acquire legal permit in order to visit Arunachal. It
is well known to everyone that Arunachal is a protected state and outsiders cannot
buy land and have to acquire ILP before entering the state.
Despite knowing the rule, the youths from neighbouring state reportedly refused to
obtain ILP and instead indulged in provocative acts which could have lead to clash
between Assam and Arunachal. The Arunachal Pradesh police posted at Shantipur check
gate should have arrested the youths for trying to illegally enter state. They have
miserably failed to safeguard the law of land. Also learning from the experience
state government should ask the Assam counterpart to sensitize its citizen about
sensitive subject like ILP system. The provocative act like the one committed by
three Assamese youths at Shantipur check gate can create trouble between the two
states. In order to avoid this kind of incident the police personnel from both the
states posted along Assam-Arunachal boundary should develop better coordination.
If they constantly remain in touch the issues which has potential to disrupt peace
can be easily resolved.
---- Readers Forum ----
Modify mass transfer of teachers
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned
authority to the recent mass transfer of teachers at Namsai district. The transfer
has evoked sharp reactions from the common public in the district. It may be mentioned
that 159 teachers, most of them ladies, have been transferred from Chongkham, Namsai
and Lekang circles overlooking their grievances such as medical ground, old age,
joint posting, children education and nearing superannuation. Some of the lady teachers,
posted in the Primary schools close to the border areas, who went to join at their
posting places found no accommodation facilities. Before sending recommendation,
the District Education Officers should have submitted school-wise names of teachers
to Itanagar by giving comments in the 'Remarks Column' so as to justify taking action,
as done earlier.
Besides, teachers alone are not at fault for the poor performance of students in
the examination. 'No detention policy' of Central Govt. is also one of the main hindrances
in producing quality education.
Therefore, I take this opportunity to express my view before the Govt. of Arunachal
Pradesh to treat this letter as an appeal to 'modify' the transfer of the lady teachers
with genuine grievances on humanitarian ground so that they can perform their duties
C. I. Mannou
Apropos Poonam I Kaushish's article "Spirituality, sex & scam" (August 29, 2017),
the Supreme Court of India's landmark verdict on triple talaq needs to be followed
up with other reforms. Discriminatory practices such as archaic polygamy and wearing
of the patriarchal burqa and the casteist sacred thread must now also be stopped.
While gender justice and gender ratio speak in favour of monogamy, wearing of the
burqa or a sacred thread is not in conformity with our evolutionary progress. We
have to shed the baggage of discrimination to move forward.
Again, the Supreme Court has come up with another historic judgement declaring privacy
a fundamental right. Indeed, it is our system and administration that need to be
absolutely transparent to check corruption. But to make people's refrigerators and
mobile phones transparent is not only unnecessary but also dangerous especially in
a country that wants to remain democratic. In this context, we can recall what the
head of the Chamar tribe told the king in Tagore's poem ~ "Juta abiskar" (Discovery
of shoes) ~ "If you cover your feet then you don't have to cover the earth." This
simple truth carries a great message. Without becoming a Peeping Tom in the name
of cleaning the dirt in our society, administration needs to be well covered so that
it itself can remain free from corruption thus enabling it to govern without any
prejudice and to create a clean socio-political environment.
It is a matter of great resentment that Landline Telephones and Broadband services
of BSNL in P-Sector area, Itanagar have been defunct for the last 10 days and the
BSNL authorities are not taking any tangible action for restoring the service. The
disruption causes great difficulty for the consumers especially students. Despite
repeated requests for early restoration of service, the authorities have not taken
any fruitful action so far.
The consumers have unanimously decided that in the backdrop of non-availability
of aforesaid services, the period of communication disruption should be exempted
from monthly rent.
Resident of P-Sector,
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